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>> i think of big lottery payouts, i think canada. >> a million dollars is a big payout. in america things are different. no big winner in last night's megamillions drawing. that means that monster jackpot estimated at $304 million and that's likely to grow in time for the drawing which is on friday night. good luck to you all. >> we're going to pool. by the time -- we have so many people in the pool that we're each going to get 75,000 if we win. >> we'll be here the next day. >> thanks. see you tomorrow. >> bright and early. cnn newsroom with carol costello starts right now. >> why are you bothering? i have my numbers picked out. thanks so much. >> it's five bucks. all right. i'll do it. good luck to all of us. see you tomorrow. it's 9:00 a.m. on the east coast. 6:00 a.m. in the west. i'm carol costello sitting in for kyra phillips. we begin in libya. new day and new sounds of violence in tripoli.
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explosions and anti-aircraft fire echo across the capital. we'll get the latest from there. witnesses say in government tanks and snipers are in the center of misurata and thofrs a hospitals are overflowing. gadhafi says he will defeat the coalition by any method. and that coalition is growing. this morning we learned that kuwait and jordan joining the list of countries against gadhafi. just minutes ago turkey joined the group. it will provide warships and a submarine to enforce an arms embargo against libya. this military action could be long and drawn out. here's what president obama said about that in an interview with cnn. >> gadhafi may try to hunker down and wait it out even in the face of a no-fly zone even
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though his forces have been degraded. but keep in mind that we don't just have military tools at our disposal in terms of accomplishing gadhafi's leaving. we put in place strong international sanctions. we have frozen his assets. we'll continue to apply a whole range of pressure on him. >> there are reports that gadhafi may be working the back channels to secure a safe exit from libya. secretary of state hillary clinton addressed that topic with abc. >> are you indicating that there is someone close to him on his behalf reaching out to say how do we get out? how does he get out? >> this is what we hear from so many sources, diane. it's a constant -- >> today? >> today, yesterday, the day before. some of it i'll be very as my personal opinion some is theater. a lot of it is just the way he behaves. it's somewhat unpredictable. but some of it we think is
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exploring what are my options, where could i go? what could i do? we would encourage that. >> let's begin our live coverage of this topic with nic robertson in tripoli. what are you hearing about gadhafi's plans? is he hunkering down as he says publicly or is he secretly working the back channels as some reports say? >> reporter: well, it's hunkering down being defiant trying to escalate support here as we saw with his appearance on state tv in the middle of the night. government officials say if there was a cease-fire right now with the rebels, with the opposition, there would be a possibility of heading off a wider conflict based on negotiations that would be built over trust with figures on both sides of the divide here. government and opposition. we don't know who those figures would be but the government seems to feel they exist.
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they do talk about senior government officials and have talked before about the possibility of a post-gadhafi era. that's where he won't be stepping down or going away in the face of an international coalition military onslaught or under the face of a gun as officials put it. there does seem to be an acceptance that somewhere in libya's future gadhafi would have faded into the background and one of his sons might have moved to the foreground. obviously that's not something that's going to be palatable to the opposition either. the other thing i hear here from one senior official who told me that he is considering leaving the country in the near future and from my understanding of whom he is, that could lead him outside of the country into the potential of discussions about
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gadhafi's future. but that would be far from certain. it's not given to me to understand that's the reason for him leaving the country. it's only a temporary departure as i understand. it's interesting to hear the secretary of state's comments in knowing that fact. >> secretary of state said a lot of interesting things. she also addressed rumors that one or two of gadhafi's sons had been killed. listen to the secretary of state. >> there's a report that two of gadhafi's sons, at least one but maybe two have been killed. can you confirm this? >> i can't confirm it but we've heard it. we've heard a lot. >> credibly? >> we hear it from many different sources. that's why i can't confirm it. >> and just a pause in our libya coverage for just a second because we just got word in that the actress elizabeth taylor has died. she had been in the hospital recently for a lengthy period of time. she was released and her people
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told everybody she was doing okay. but apparently she was failing in the last several days because once again this breaking news to tell you about. sad news. the actress, elizabeth taylor, has died. we'll get back to nic robertson later on. rumor about gadhafi's sons being killed are rumors. a shift in military strategy. a u.s. military official says the coalition has not fired cruise missiles in the last 24 hours and the plan of attack transitions to the next phase. deployed manned aircraft. barbara starr at the pentagon with more. explain this decision and it will put more american lives at risk possibly, right? >> what you have to understand about all of this, carol, this was the expected shift. they were going to start with unmanned cruise missiles, tomahawk cruise missiles to go after the air defense system.
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the communication systems significantly degraded enough that in the last 24 hours, no cruise missile strikes. more than 50 air strikes, strikes by manned aircraft both u.s. and coalition. now, does it put the pilot at risk? certainly to some extent but they think they can do this because those systems on the ground, those gadhafi weapons systems air defenses, radars have been destroyed to a very significant extent. they believe now as this no-fly zone begins to take full effect they can use the manned aircraft more and more to drop precision bombs on the targets they want to hit and now some of those targets most certainly do include gadhafi loyalist troops, weapons, those formations on the ground outside of key cities. that's one of the key targets now that they are going after. carol? >> barbara starr live at the pentagon. many thanks. also this morning, we're keeping a close eye on another arab state dealing with violent protests.
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listen to this frightening scene from southern syria. earli earlier today government forces opened on protesters. there are signs of deepening trouble in another arab state that's been con vulsing with anti-governme anti-government protests after the president's offer to step down at the beginning of last year. protesters chanted in the capital but doubts took over. the opposition rejected the offer saying the embattled leader is trying to deceive them demanding he resign immediately.
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>> the japanese government expects total damage from the earthquake to reach up to $309 billion. that would make it the costlyist disaster in japan since the end of world war ii. also, blackish gray smoke from one of the reactors at the nuclear power plant. officials didn't know what was causing smoke. government officials tell tokyo residents to stop giving tap water to babies. tests show higher levels of radioactive iodine. government officials are urging people not to hoard bottled water. cnn's paula hancocks is in tokyo. people have got to be worried there, paula. >> reporter: absolutely, carol. the tokyo governor has said please stay calm. the chief cabinet secretary has said don't hoard water. at this point it does appear as though it's partly falling on deaf ears. he understand there has been somewhat of a run on bottled
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water. we know that there are some shops that we've called around here that have all run out of bottled water. supermarkets will be repleni replenished. one shop said they will ration the water they sell. there will be one bottle per person. even though there are these calls for calm, parents are going to be concerned if they are being told that infants cannot drink tap water. of course this is infants up to the age of one. we understand that the radioactive iodine is more than double the government limit that it should be. they have said that there's no immediate health risk if they just had some water in the short-term. of course it does take longer term they say to have longer exposure to have any real damaging effects but it is alarming parents here. carol? >> i can't even imagine. so what's going on at the nuclear plant? there is this smoke coming.
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nobody knows why. are they actually making progress or not? >> reporter: it's really to tell. it appears there's positive news and then two pieces of negative news. certainly this wednesday there has been negative news. we've heard that there is more blackish grayish smoke throughout the daylight hours emanating from reactor three. this was announced about 4:30 p.m. this afternoon local time. of course this had started on monday but we had heard from tepco officials that it was barely visible and it started once again. what they told us is they don't nowhere the fire is or what's on fire and they don't know why it's on fire. at this point what they say is they simply do not know at this point what this smoke is. it's dark now. it's difficult to tell if it is still ongoing. we'll have to wait until daylight hours to tell that. >> all right. paula hancocks reporting live from tokyo. many thanks.
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i don't know. maybe you missed it. actress elizabeth taylor has died. she was 79 years old. a little more information about details on her death. she was 79 years old. she died peacefully today at the hospital in los angeles. about six weeks ago she was in the hospital with congestive heart failure. a condition she had been struggling with for some years. and then she recently suffered a number of complications. her condition had stabilized. she was out of the hospital. she was able to go home. and then she was back in the hospital a short time later. she was surrounded by her family when she died. she's survived by her children and her ten grandchildren and her four great great children. i want to read you a statement from her son, michael. he said my mother was an extraordinary woman who lived life to the fullest with great passion, humor and love. her loss is devastating to those of us who held her so close and
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dear we'll be inspired by her contribution to the world. her work in film and ongoing success as a business woman and her brave and relentless advocacy in the fight against hiv/aids make us incredibly proud of what she accomplished. we know that the world is a better place for mom having lived in it. her legacy will never fade. her spirit will always be with us. and her love will live forever in our hearts. again, elizabeth taylor dead at the age of 79. if you are worried about dangerous levels of radiation reaching the united states from japan, stay with us. a doctor from the american cancer society addresses your concerns. and the united states entered unchartered charity with libyan operation. military strikes done on the fly. it just doesn't happen very often. we're talking with general wesley clark about it next. for those of us who have lactose intolerance,
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elizabeth taylor has died. she was 79 years old. she was suffering from congestive heart failure. she surrounded by her four children and her son michael sent us a statement saying the world will miss his mother and the wonderful work he did to fight hiv/aids. more information on elizabeth taylor's death shortly. the united states is leading the charge on libya.
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president obama says that won't be the case for long. he's saying the united states will step back from that leadership role in days. the coalition decided to launch first and sort out details later. listen to what defense secretary robert gates said. >> there hasn't been any disagreement that i'm aware of in terms of the mission and what we're trying to accomplish. this command and control mission is complicated. we haven't done something like this on the fly before. and so it's not surprising to me that it would take a few days to get it all sorted out. >> we want to show you live pictures coming out of jerusalem. there's been an explosion at a bus station that is pretty much
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all we know right now. kevin flowers is there. we'll get to him shortly. we'll get to him now or later? do we have him yet? rebecca? we're going to have him later. we're trying to get kevin flowers. more breaking news to tell you about. an explosion at this bus station in jerusalem. a military operation done on the fly. let's talk about that some more. that's unchartered territory. pretty frank talk from secretary gates. nato is insisting it's prepared for the libyan operation so let's talk about that a little more with general wesley clark. you are the perfect guest for this topic. thank you for joining us general. you were the nato supreme commander. when secretary gates said we put this coalition together on the fly and never done this before, it makes us pause. if i put my life on the line, i want my command structure in place. >> the first part of the command structure is the nato command structure. that's the central part.
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the u.s. has an existing command structure. we did cruise missile strikes and stealth bombers and using intelligence assets. we wrapped around that the french and british with their own systems. each of these countries has its own national command center. and then they were operating through a u.s. command structure and then nato is behind that and nato could pull all of this together. then there's a desire to bring in nonnato member states like qatar and hopefully the emirates and so the question is what's the best way to bring them in? these discussions are normally held in private and before an operation begins and what secretary gates is saying was that the press of events on the ground necessamade it necessary the operation started. the issues to deal with are political questions. how far does the target go?
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how close and what kind of risks will pilots take to strike those gadhafi forces? >> there's something interesting about that. from what i understand nato will take control of one part of the operation and then france might take control of the political part of the operation. so it will be making decisions on what you've just said and then nato will make other decisions. that's really never been done before, has it? >> there's always a political level above the military level. the question is who participates in it? if nato forces only do the command and control for the no-fly zone, perhaps the french forces will consider whether they have to put spotters on the ground, give aid to the rebels, take targeting information from the rebels on the ground and exactly how far they want to go to push gadhafi into the corner from which he will have to escape. >> general wesley clark, thanks for joining us today. we appreciate it. we've been telling that you actress elizabeth taylor has
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died. she was 79 years old. she's done so much work in the world of hiv/aids to fight that disease. let's take a look at her life. >> elizabeth taylor was called one of the most beautiful women in the world. her violate eyes lit up the screen from "cat on a hot tin roof" to "cleopatra" which made her the first actress to receive $1 million for one part. >> so much is said with the electricity of eyes. the intensity of a whisper. less is more. >> reporter: her highly publicized real live sagas were eight marriages to seven different men. she married actnd was blamed fo breaking up the marriage to debbie reynolds but her
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marriages to richard burton, the first lasting ten years, became more sensational fodder for the press. >> i think he's one of the finest actors. >> one of the finest? >> sorry. >> taylor's other marriages including john warner and finally construction worker who she divorced in 1996. her personal drama often drew attention away from an accomplished film career. british born taylor rode into hearts as a child actress in 1944 with "national velvet." and the actress downplayed her abilities. >> i, along with critics, have never taken myself very seriously. >> taylor received five academy award nominations twice winning best actress honors as her role of a call girl and an alcoholic
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wife in "who is afraid of virginia wolf" in 1966. through the years taylor battled health woes from her struggle with substance abuse to a chronic bad back to respiratory problems. the replacement of both hips and removal of a brain tumor. taylor was recognized for her tireless effort to educate the public about aids. a battle prompted in part by the death of close friend rock hudson in 1985. >> this is something that is a catastrophe that belongs to all of us. it isn't a thing that belongs to a minority group any longer. >> taylor helped found the american foundation for aids research. established the elizabeth taylor aids foundation. later she befriended michael jackson appearing with the singer several times and supporting him to an often critical press calling him
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wonderful but that was before his trial and ultimate acquittal on child molestation charges. through all her hurt, physical and emotional, liz taylor will stand as one of hollywood's most giving and glamorous superstars. brooke anderson, cnn, los angeles. >> sad news. so many people loved elizabeth taylor. dead at the age of 79. we have managed to get more information on what's happening in jerusalem. it's pretty disturbing news. bomb going off in the bus station. it went off inside of a bus. hasn't been that kind of attack within israel and jerusalem for a lightning time. let's get right to kevin flowers. what more can you tell us? >> reporter: i'm standing near the scene of the explosion and this happened near jerusalem central bus station but it was not inside the bus station itself. it appears that the explosion took place either on or right
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next to a public bus near the bus station. and as you can imagine there are hundreds of emergency responders, police, ambulance services, israeli military is on site. this happened on a very, very sort of congested main artery within jerusalem. it's the road that leads to the highway going to tel aviv. a lot of traffic here at this time. looking at the scene, it's not clear whether this explosion happened on the bus or not. it seems to have been from what i can tell somewhat limited in scope. this is not a bus that's destroyed in its entirety. it's the front window of the bus seems to have been blown out. not clear whether it happened inside or outside. there are some preliminary reports of one person being killed but i cannot confirm that for certain. what i did see myself on scene is one person being led away on a stretcher.
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the questions that are going to be asked here is who is responsible for this. why has this taken place and all of this happened amidst the period of increased tension between israel and palestinian militant groups operating in the gaza strip and the last few days alone some seven rockets and mortars have fallen in southern israel. israel responded with retaliatory strikes. many have been killed since saturday. the tensions between palestinians and israelis are very high right now. it's not clear whether this explosion on or near this bus has anything to do with those increased tensions. that's certainly the question that is going to be asked going forward. >> kevin, the other thought that comes to mind is all of this unrest in the arab world. israel has been real concerned about that. i'm sure that there has been heightened security within cities within israel.
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has there been? >> reporter: by in large israel as you mentioned has not seen sort of the momentous changes that have been going on in the region. and so i wouldn't say there's been increased domestic security in israel as a result of everything that's going on. there's been much more tension being paid to israel's borders especially the southern border with egypt. i think most people would think that this probably has less to do with the changes that are sort of rocking the region than israel's own particular conflict with the palestinians. >> how close are you to the bus station i'm just curious? we hear emergency vehicles go by. >> reporter: it's literally a couple hundred yards away from the bus station. it's basically on a major highway that runs right across
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the street from me from the bus station. >> i was just wondering because we see people standing around outside and i wanted you to describe the scene near the bus station for us. >> reporter: i'm not in front of the bus station. i'm about 50 yards away from the bus itself. what the israeli security personnel have done is set a cordoned so you have thousands of people because this is a busy intersection sort of watching what's going on here. as i said, it's been a number of years since a bus has been targeted like that or an explosion has taken place on or near a bus so this is incredibly disconcerting news for israelis and especially for jerusalem residents who are going to think back when explosions like this became common place. a lot of fearful -- a lot of fears being expressed at the
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moment. >> kevin flower, i'll let you go to gather more information for us. thank you very much. kevin flower reporting live from jerusalem where there has been a bomb explosion near or on a bus but inside a bus station. we understand there's at least one person dead. those are early reports. and of course there must be a number of casualties but we're not sure how many. when kevin gathers more information, we'll take you back live to jerusalem. we'll have more on elizabeth taylor. she died earlier today at the age of 79. we'll be right back. uh. this is the meeting. we are the company. don't sweat it. i just switched us to sprint, so e-mail, web...on 4g... it's all unlimited. [ cellphone buzzes ] you just texted me to read the memo? unlimited text too. we really need you on this conference call. rick, it's lyle. rickster? i'm here. there he is! [ male announcer ] switch to sprint and get unlimited 4g data on a wide range of devices. sprint 4g, it's business without limits. trouble hearing on the phone? only on the now network. visit
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we want to talk more about elizabeth taylor who died earlier today at the age of 79. she died in los angeles. her four children surrounding her bedside. she's survived by ten grandchildren and four great grandchildren. the '50s and '60s the most popular actress on the planet. in the '80s known for perfume and diamonds and spunk and fight against hiv/aids. we want to talk to ian drew on the phone from new york. you knew elizabeth taylor personally. we saw when she was released from the hospital that she tried to put on a brave front. she was sicker than any of us probably knew. >> she's always battled health problems but she lived life to
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the fullest. there was nobody with such vigor who really used her life as a vessel to help others. and also to really know what it means to love. this woman was in love with life. just loved everyone around her. it's an incredible loss for what she represented. >> i think many of us feel we went through each marriage with her and as her later husbands weren't the greatest of guys so we would like to leave that she died happy with her family and her life. did she? >> she did. i mean, she was -- i have to say from when i last spoken to her which was quite a few months ago very content with how life had turned out. she had ups and downs and a lot of it was very exhausting. she was always in and out of the hospital. she had hip problems. back problems. she battled with addiction.
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it wasn't an easy life. she was definitely satisfied with many of the experiences that she had. and she had a lot of sadness. mike todd dieing in a plane crash. a husband she never got over losing. it was very tough. >> and just her contributions through the years because she lived a very long life. she went through many incarnations. first of all, the legacy that she leaves hollywood as an actor. >> yeah, well obviously, i mean, she sort of ushered in not only being a great actress, which she sincerely was, and very iconic roles but ushered in a new level of being a superstar actress and movie star. she redefined what it meant. the paparazzi and the way things are now the first moment when paparazzi ignited was her and
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richard burton and her love affair. she made famous more famous in a way. she sort of epit miezed the levels that a movie star could go and reigned for many, many years. it was remarkable from being a young child actress to playing cleopatra to playing someone like the lead where no one had seen before. it was sort of shed the glamour and show herself totally in the raw as you will. >> behind the scenes she was one of the early fighters of hiv/aids at a time when it wasn't popular to do that. >> that's something that i had actually e-mailed with her about and thanked her about. she's the first one to say aids on tv. the first one to really lead the charge. affected by her dear friend rock hudson and other friends she was not afraid to say aids and fight
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it when everyone else was. >> i'm sure many people will miss her. thank you for your insight. we appreciate it. >> always. >> we're getting more information now out of jerusalem on that bombing near or inside a bus. we're going to take a quick break and be back with the latest information we have for you. ♪ one, two, three, four ♪ you say ♪ flip it over and replay ♪ we'll make everything okay ♪ walk together the right way ♪ do, do, do, do to finish what you started today. for the aches and sleeplessness in between, there's motrin pm. no other medicine, not even advil pm, is more effective for pain and sleeplessness. motrin pm.
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bus inside of a bus station. we understand 20 to 30 people are injured. early reports say there's one person dead but cnn cannot confirm that. as i said before this has not happened. this kind of thing has not happened for quite some time in israel. i want to bring in wolf blitzer on the phone from washington. wolf, this scary stuff. >> reporter: is this near the central bus station. >> it's very close to where all of the major news organizations have their offices. it's been targeted before. there have been targets by terrorists -- >> not for some time, right? >> it has been several years. they built a security wall outside of jerusalem basically surrounding the west bank and
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security has been very intense there over these past several years and that's been an impressive job in keeping it relatively quiet. there hasn't been a real major terrorist attackithin israel in a few years as far as i can recall. it's been pretty quiet. a lot will depend on who claims responsibility for this terrorist attack if it is hamas or somebody else because there has been a relative -- i use the word deliberative, relative quiet between israelis and palestinians not just on the west bank where the palestinian authority is cooperating and working with israelis under president mahmoud abbas but in recent weeks there have been incidents and shelling and retaliatory strikes and violence in gaza. on the scale of things nothing as significant as a few years ago when israelis moved into gaza and there was a war and
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nothing on the scale of a few years ago. >> haven't tensioned recently been escalating between the palestinians and the israeli government? >> tensions have been escalating between hamas in gaza and israeli government but not necessarily between palestinian authority of mahmoud abbas. israelis made it clear they won't free all of the settlement activities. there hasn't really been peace negotiations or anything but that's not necessarily the same as conflict and war and stuff like that. we haven't seen that. we've seen it on a relatively minor scale in gaza but certainly not in the west bank where the economy has been doing
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relatively well and things have gotten better but there's no real significant -- there's no peace process. >> let me ask you this question. israel has been concerned about what's happening in the arab world at large right now. it's also been concerned about hamas. what does this kind of attack do to the israeli psyche? >> it will scare a lot of israelis and it will deter people, tourists from coming to israel. it will hurt the israelis. no doubt about that. i suspect that the israelis find out who's responsibility and knowing how the israelis behaved over the years, they'll retaliate multiple fold over whoever is responsible. as if it weren't bad enough or unrest in the middle east and north africa weren't intense enough, it moves into israel and palestinian territory it takes on another dimension. >> it's just another problem for
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the united states to deal with as well. wolf, i'll let you go. maybe you will join us again later. i know you will be in place for "the situation room" at 5:00 p.m. eastern and you'll have much more on this. also, we're going to take you back live to jerusalem to get more from kevin flower who is pretty near that bus station because as you heard wolf say, that's the central bus station which is not far from the cnn bureau. we'll take a quick break. we'll be right back. cial securi. much less tell you what it means. he doesn't know that his parents are counting on the money they pay in. or that the hard earned benefits his grandparents receive... are secure. right now he's not thinking about his future. but we are. aarp has been working to preserve social security for more than 50 years. join us in a conversation to strengthen it for years to come. ♪ [ male announcer ] what are you gonna miss when you have an allergy attack? benadryl® is more effective than claritin®
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breaking news. an explosion at a jerusalem bus station. a bomb going off in or near a bus. kevin flower back on the phone to give us more information. kevin, give us the latest. >> reporter: what i can tell you is that the police are telling us that this bus -- the explosion happened outside of the bus and not inside the bus. this is outside bus number 74. this is a public bus. the explosion happened very close to the central bus station. it happened in a very central part of jerusalem on a main highway that leads out of jerusalem in tel aviv. this happened during basically what was rush hour. thousands of commuters leaving and entering the city at this time. police are saying that 20 to 30 people were wounded in this
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explosion. we have mixed information at the moment. at least one person killed inside. we don't have that nailed down just yet. what is clear is that this is a very serious explosion and the police and military and security officials have set up a cordon around the area. they are looking at the possibility of secondary devices having been planted. they are looking for that when i arrived on the scene i did see at least one person being brought away on a stretcher but most of the people have been evacuated from the scene fairly early on. this took place just a few blocks away from our bureau. we heard a thud like noise. weren't sure what it was. ran down here and saw what had transpired. this is a very, very serious event needless to say. there wasn't an explosion in jerusalem like this for over four years. this is certainly going to be very dismaying news to israelis
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and specifically jerusalem residents. certainly reminding of the days of the days when explosions like this were common place. now, all of this takes place against a backdrop of increased violence in and around the gaza strip and since this past weekend some 70 rockets have been fired from gaza into southern israel and prompted retaliatory strikes by the israeli military. we've seen in the past since saturday ten palestinians killed in that violence. many israelis wounded and scores of palestinians wounded. this attack in jerusalem with a lot of people asking questions. is this related to the violence they've seen for the past number of days in the gaza area. no immediate claims of responsibility for this explosion. we don't know who might have been behind it or what caused it. those are questions that will be asked by most israelis today.
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>> kevin, maybe you won't know this information because it's very early in the investigation and things are still happening but about the bomb itself, i ask you this because usually when we hear about these types of explosion it's a suicide bomber. in this case was it a bomb that was left by someone? >> reporter: that is not clear. i do not have any information on whether this is a bomb that was planted some place outside a car or planted on the side of this bus or whether it was someone who detonated on their body. i don't have that information yet. i assume that's information that will be coming out in the hours ahead. again, the m.o. on this is not entirely clearly. usually details and the way things have transpired in events like this it's a bit sketchy at first and takes a while for the information to get out and that is the period we're in right now. a lot of chaos.
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chaos here at the scene certainly as thousands of people gathered just to see what's going on and what they can do. >> i will let you go to gather more information for us. fine reporting and be safe out there. thank you. we'll take a quick break. when we come back we'll talk to break, and when we come back, we're going to talk to larry king about the passing of elizabeth taylor. we'll be right back.
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before we get to elizabeth taylor, another update on this jerusalem bombing we've been telling you about. we now know the bomb was planted near the bus. we don't know if someone was leaving behind the bomb or a suicide bomber. authorities haven't released that information as of yet. we understand there have been 20 to 30 injuries, and there may be one person who was killed, but we cannot nail that down as of yet. so that's about all we know. we'll take you back live to jerusalem when we get more. now on the subject of elizabeth taylor, the great american actress, 79 years old. she had been suffering from congestive heart failure. she had been in the hospital about six months ago and she hasn't been doing well since. she died earlier today. she was surrounded by her family, her four children at her b b bedside at cedars sinai hospital. she leaves behind four children,
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israeli authorities now looking for secondary bombs in a bus station in jerusalem. as we've been telling you, a bomb did go off inside that bus station near a bus. we understand 20 to 30 people have been injured, maybe one person dead but we can't nail that down just yet. as i said, authorities are scouring that bus station for any more bombs. we're going live to jerusalem in just a few minutes when we get kevin flower back and he has more new information to share with you. elizabeth taylor died. she was 79 years old. a.j. hammer is on the phone. a.j.? can you hear me? >> hi, karen. i'm actually here in new york. >> tell me what you know about
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the circumstances surrounding elizabeth taylor's death. >> well, we know, carol, that elizabeth taylor was hospitalized six weeks ago with congestive heart failure, something she had been dealing with for a long time. there was a lot of hope in this last hospitalization that she would have returned home. unfortunately, it was not meant to be, but her publicist said she died peacefully at cedars sinai medical center in los angeles. but what a life, what a legacy. she was certainly one of the most beautiful women in the world, as she was called so many times throughout the years. think about all the memorable roles that she played. "cat on a hot tin roof," "cleopatra." those all made her the first actress, carol, to receive a million dollars for a single part. now actresses are getting 20, $25 million, but really, elizabeth taylor is the one who paved the way. >> people forget she was sort of like the angelina jolie of her day. every movement was followed by the paparazzi back then.
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>> yeah, she was, and she almost paved the way for that whole paparazzi movement as well. a lot of it had to do with her publicized, highly publicized real-life sagas. she was married eight times to several different men. she got married to richard burton twice. she got married before she turned 18, she married conrad hilton, mike todd, singer eddie fisher, and that's really where the paparazzi craze may have started. taylor was blamed for breaking up fisher's marriage to america's sweetheart, debbie reynolds. we hear about this stuff going on now, but it was going on back then with elizabeth taylor. her first marriage to richard burton lasted ten years and became the first fodder for the press, she married john warner and larry fortensky. they divorced back in 1996. and like so many actresses
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today, her personal dramas really took away attention from what an accomplished film career she had. you know, she just was working from the time she was a child in 1944, and she received five academy award nominations. she won twice for best actress and she won for her role in "butter field 8." that was back in 1960, and, of course, "who's afraid of virginia woolf" back in 1966. she battled health issues throughout her life, she struggled with substance abuse issues, a chronic bad back, respiratory problems, she had both her hips replaced, she had the removal of a brain tumor, but she was always working, always on the front lines and really one of the first actresses to get a lot of attention for trying to educate the public about aids. her friend rock hudson died in 1985 and that surged that
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battle. she founded the elizabeth taylor aids foundation. what a life, what a legacy, as i said at the beginning here, carol, and it's a sad loss, but what a fulfilling life. >> oh, yeah, an incredible life. a.j., i'd like to welcome international viewers from around the world. we're talking now about the american actress elizabeth taylor who died at the age of 79, and i remember watching all those old movies of elizabeth taylor. >> it's very sad, because even though we knew she had been ill for some time and out of the public, it was still shocking when it came into the newsroom. everyone still had that feeling for her, and you still remember her being young and beautiful and viva krirkscious. >> she always bounced back, and we thought she would be able to do it this time, but it just got the best of her. larry king was a friend of elizabeth taylor's.
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we have him on the line. larry, how are you feeling now? >> even at that age, it's still a shock. she was a great pal. she was on my show many, many times. in fact, we had put together a special in advance of this. i don't know if it was you will he h -- all edited yet, but we show highlights of her appearances with me and highlights of her career. i don't know if it was all put together. if it was, we'll get it on. she was a trooper. if she was your friend, she was your friend for life. she was gutsy, she stood up for things. she was the first real major individual to get in on the aids fight. she probably did more than any other single individual to fight aids than any person. she was loyal to a core. she was a tremendous talent. she did have a lot of rough life. she loved a lot. i guess i know how that goes. but she went to her level.
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she was what she was. she had everything you could put into one life, including a great, great sense of humor. >> and, larry, let's not forget, because i think it's something that our viewers remember, she was so glamorous all the time, so beautifully put together. >> i never saw -- she was also tiny the first time i met her years ago. i was surprised how short she was because on the screen she was so dynamic. another thing she had, which i haven't seen in any other person, were true purple eyes. they were not blue, they were purple. when you see early shots of her and she made those movies when she was a child, how glowing they were, sort of hypnotic. she was a hell of a woman. i think sometimes you think beauty like that gets in the way of talent. of course, people can't appreciate what a good actress she is because she's so damn
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pretty. >> larry, remember who's afra ad 's afraid of virginia wolf? she did a fantastic job in that. we have a little retrospect of elizabeth taylor right now that we'd like to share with our audience. here it is. >> elizabeth taylor was called one of the most beautiful women in the world. her violet eyes lit up the screen in memorable roles from "cat on a hot tin roof" to "cleopatra," which made her the first actress to receive $1 million for one part. >> so much is said with the electricity of eyes, the intensity of a whisper. less is more. >> her highly publicized real-life sagas were punctuated by eight different marjriages, richard burton twice.
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she married wilding, eddie fisher. she was blamed for breaking up fisher's marriage from his marriage to debbie reynolds. the next ten years became even more sensational fodder for the press. >> i think he's one of the finest actors -- sorry. >> taylor's other marriages included virginia senator john warner and finally construction worker larry fortensky whom she divorced in 1996. her personal dramas often drew attention away from an accomplished film career. the british-born taylor rode into movie-goer's hearts in 1944 with "national velvet." the actress downplayed credibility. >> i, one of my worst critics, has never taken myself very seriously. >> still, taylor has received
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five academy a word nomination . winning twice as an ornery alcoholic wife in "who's afraid of virginia woolf" in 1966. she battled health woes from her struggle with substance abuse to a bad back, respiratory problems, replacement of both her hips and removal of a brain tumor. taylor was recognized for her tireless effort to educate the public about aids, a battle in part because of a death of close friend rock hudson in 1985. >> this is a catastrophe that belongs to all of us. it isn't a thing that belongs to a minority group any longer. >> taylor helped find amfar, a major organization for aids research. she established the elizabeth taylor aids foundation. later she publicly befriended
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michael jackson, a with the singer several times and supporting him to an often critical press. she called him wonderful, but that was before his trial and ultimate acquittal on child molestation charges. through all her hurt and physical emotional, taylor will stand as the most giving and glamorous movie stars. brooke anderson, cnn, los angeles. >> and she is said to have died peacefully at cedars sinai hospital in los angeles, her four children surrounding her b bedside. she is survived by ten grandchildren, four great-grandchildren. >> she always seemed to handle the public eye with grace and dignity and glamour to the end, even with bright lipstick in her old age. i think that's what people will remember and her great contribution to the film world. >> and a great contribution on
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aids and the fight against that. an explosion going off near public bus number 74 in jerusalem. we understand 20 to 30 people have been injured. don't know who planted the bomb. nobody has taken responsibility for it yet, and authorities are now checking for secondary bombs around that explosion. >> there has been a mass reaction to the scene, scores of people injured at this stage. we don't have any reports of death, but we do have our correspondent on the scene, kevin flower, who will bring us up to date shortly to bring us how this was received in israel. this is the first attack in israel in some time, and it comes in a time when there has been an uptick of violence in the gaza area. there are many questions to be asked, but these are the tumultuous scenes coming out of jerusalem on this day. >> we're going to take you live
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when we turn lobster into irresistible creations like our new lobster-and-shrimp trio with a parmesan lobster bake, our decadent lobster lover's dream and eleven more choices. right now at red lobster. good morning to you. welcome. this is special coverage of breaking news. i'm carol costello. >> and i'm isha sesay. we have breaking news in jerusalem. let's talk to kevin flower.
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kevin, no confirmed reports of any deaths last time we talked. what can you tell us? >> reporter: what i can tell you at this point, isha, there is no death from the blasts, but we have 20 to 30 people wounded. one woman was injured critically. three are listed in serious condition, and five others in moderate, the rest categorized as light injuries. but regardless of the casualties here, the impact of this blast is going to be felt very widely in israel. this is the first explosion like this that has taken place in jerusalem since 2004, and what could be said about this particular blast is that it was an explosive device that was attached to a phone booth near this main artery that connects the beginning of a main highway or road that connects jerusalem
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to tel aviv. now, this device detonated about an hour ago, and just as a bus must have been passing by, a public bus, bus number 74 is what it's called, and apparently it blew out the windows of that bus. it's not clear to us whether all of those casualties are on the bus or from vehicles passing by, but it was enough of a blast to injure 20 to 30 people. now, as i said, this is going to create a lot of fear here in israel, a lot of fear in jerusalem specifically. a blast like this had not been seen since the second in tafadah, and it's going to raise a lot of questions of who is behind this. a lot of israelis would say this is palestinians. no one has claimed responsibility for this attack at this time, but it comes against the backdrop of
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increased hostilities between palestinians and israel in and around the gaza border. in the past weekend a dozen rockets and mortars have been fired from militants in gaza into southern israel, wounding a small number of israelis. there have been retaliatory strikes from israelis that have taken place, injuring dozens of palestinians, in fact, killing ten palestinians since this past saturday. so we have seen basically a real ratcheting up of violence between the two sides in and around gaza. the fear is going to be in the rest of israel that this violence will spread to jerusalem and to other cities, and that's the fear that a lot of people are going to be expressing tonight as people start demanding answers from the authorities as to who was behind this attack. >> kevin, more word about this bomb, because it sounds unusual. when we hear of explosions like this in israel and jerusalem, i
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guess history tells us we're used to hearing about suicide bombers, but this was not that. are there any clues you can discern from this particular type of explosive device, who was behind it? >> reporter: no. it's entirely too early at this point to point fingers at any particular group. as i said, i think most of the israeli security officials, israeli investigators are going to be looking hard, obviously, at palestinian militant groups, they might be looking at hamas, they might be looking at other based groups in gaza and the west bank, but we have no details. this particular m.o. in a device like this, it doesn't tell us much about who could have been behind it. it could have been anybody, frankly. we're going to have to wait and see what the authorities come out with and whether any sort of credible claims of responsibility start emerging in the hours ahead. that is often the case in attacks like these, that claims of responsibility do come out. >> kevin, let me ask you to
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stand by because i'd like to welcome to our conversation the mayor of jerusalem. he joins us now. thank you for joining us at such a difficult time. as kevin was just making clear for our viewers, jerusalem has not seen an attack like this since 2004. your thought at this very difficult time as we watch these pictures. >> well, we talk about a c cowardice attack, a bomb placed near a bus station. innocent people were hurt. let's pray for their fast recovery. police are checking out the sources and hopefully will be able to put their hands on the terrorists. we want to, as fast as possible, go back to normal life, which we will do as soon as we clear this area. >> mayor, this is carol costello. i was just wondering, did you have any idea this sort of thing might happen? >> not specific intelligence. israel and jerusalem have been
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very safe lately, and hopefully we will find the root of this coward person who created this terrorist attack and we'll bring him to trial and justice. >> as you say that israel and jerusalem have been relatively safe in recent times, had there been kind of a loosening of security measures? >> no, i think security is very high. always israel and jerusalem know how to deal with such situations, and the fact there was a bomb placed and the terrorist escaped is proof that security is generally high, and i'm sure it will just take a few weeks until we find the person responsible and bring him to trial as fast as we can. >> and, mayor, the type of bomb, the type of explosive that was used in this blast, does it tell you anything? >> well, it's currently under
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investigation. police and the security forces are checking everything, and it's a security issue. >> you mentioned -- you say that officials and authorities in israel are used to dealing with this kind of thing. describe the kind of security that would be in place at a central bus station like that in central jerusalem. >> there is lots of intelligence, lots of security around the city and around the area. this is much more important. we need to make sure people open up their eyes and look for suspicious people or objects. this is the best way to deal with it. and second, this doesn't happen every day. it happens rarely, and hopefully we'll keep it this way. >> we hope so. jerusalem's mayor, thank you for joining us live on the air. we're going to take a break and we'll come back with more
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if you're just joining us, we'd like to bring you up to speed. there's been an explosion at a jerusalem bus station, or i should say near it. some explosive device near a public bus. some 20 or 30 injured. we believe there are no deaths. as you might expect, things are rather chaotic at the central
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bus station in jerusalem. we'd like to bring in an emergency services worker in jerusalem. thank you so much for joining us, sir. >> hello. good afternoon. >> good afternoon. describe the scene for us, could you? >> well, an explosion happened in an area of several bus stops next to the central bus station in jerusalem. a very crowded area. next to that bus stop, there was a lot of civilians and two buses were driving by. we are dealing with nearly 30 casualties, among them at least two women in labor and additional people, students who were on their way home after the day school. three or four of the casualties are in treatable conditions treated in two medical centers in jerusalem. the rest of the casualties are
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moderate to light. ambulances have taken the patients to the hospitals within a few minutes. and all blood services, they're getting an additional shipment of blood to the four hospitals in jerusalem that received the casualties. >> i should just say here, do you have a sense as to what caused some of these injuries? is it flying glass, is it just proximity to the glass? >> it's a combination of internal injuries, some of them caused by the blast and others caused by shrapnel that was part of the explosive device. patients were receiving internal and external injuries, some of them to vital organs. >> you mentioned these two women who went into labor. was that because of the blast and their fear?
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>> the two women in advanced materni maternity, they were taken to two medical centers for evaluation in addition to their injuries to see and make sure that the children that they are bearing are okay. i do not know now what is exactly their medical condition because they are now being checked into hospitals. >> children in schools injured. we know that already. do you expect this number to rise? >> as far as we know, no, because all the casualties are already for 30 minutes in the hospitals. we are here only to provide additional backup to the work of the bomb squad and other officials. we are already back to routine,
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but the alert level in jerusalem is at the highest level. all of the ambulances are manned or emergency motorbikes are manned, and we hope there won't be additional advance in the next days. >> just a question for you, as a citizen of israel, as somebody who lives in jerusalem, how does this bombing make you feel? >> well, it brings very bad memories to us. i've been the director of the jerusalem region during the big period of the ikifada five or six years ago, more than that, ten years ago, and it brings bad memories to mind. it was relatively very quiet regarding terror attacks in
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israel. this blast will be remembered in israel for a very, very long time. and it's something we will have to deal with again, first as civilians but also as emergency medical services and to make sure that our children are safe and our families are able to come back to regular life. we'll see what will happen today, within the next few days, regarding that manner. >> we really want to thank you for joining us at this tumultuous time. thank you for speaking to cnn. >> i'm sure he's gone back to work. he seems like that kind of man. >> i'm sure he has. you look at the scenes and you look at the size of emergency respondents there, and it's clear this was a large blast. we've seen a number of casualties affected. we were trying to get a handle on the fact that this is really
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going to shake israel. it hasn't happened in such a long time, this kind of attack there in jerusalem. it's going to shake people to their core and maybe take them out of a false sense of security. i don't know if you could go that far. >> you heard him, it hasn't happened in a long time, it's relatively safe here, and it brings back an awful lot of memories of what we've had to deal with year after year after year. sometimes there were dozens of deaths after such an attack, so i'm sure it has rattled jerusalem to the core. >> another important point to make, we are, of course, waiting for any more information, waiting to see if anyone will step forward. we're not sure if it is related to the uptick in violence, and they're trying to pinpoint exactly who is responsible. >> we'll try to get all that
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welcome back to the special coverage of breaking news. i'm carol costello. >> and i'm isha sasay. we'd like to welcome you around the world where we continue to follow events in israel where there's been a blast, there's been an explosion at a central bus station which has left scores of people injured.
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at this point in time, what we are being told is it was a bomb that was placed on a phone booth. it wasn't actually placed in a bus itself, but when that bomb did explode, it was at a time when a bus was going by and scores of people are now injured. >> but amazingly enough, no one has died and that's perhaps the best news coming out of all of this. >> absolutely. there has not been an explosion and attack of this nature with injuries since 2004 in jerusalem, so this attack comes at a time when israelis has been feeling relatively safe, and when we speak to people on the ground in jerusalem today, there is no doubt they have been shaken by the events. nobody will say they are behind this attack, but it does come at a time when there has been increased violence in and around the gaza border that has left some palestinians dead. so we are working to find out exactly more details as to the
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nature of the blast, we're waiting to get more information as to how those in the hospital are doing. cnn is all over this story. we have all our people on the ground so stay with us for our continuing coverage. >> we have a number of new developments today in libya to tell you about. first up, news that the coalition is growing. this morning kuwait and jordan are entering the countries with gadhafi. turkey has also joined the group. it will supply a war ship and submarine against libya. also this morning, a shift in military strategy. u.s. officials said a coalition has not found any cruise missiles in the last 48 hours and the next step is to transition the next phase, manning aircraft. witness reports that the
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government forces are in the center of the city and hospitals are overflowing with wounded. u.s. president obama says the coalition is already preventing a widespread slaughter. >> i just want to emphasize to the american people, because of the extraordinary capabilities and valor of our men and women in uniform, we have already saved lives. in bengazi, a city of 7,000 people, you had gadhafi giving his orders to show no mercy. gadhafi's forces have pulled back because of this timely intervention. >> now let's take a look at what's new today in the crisis in japan. the japanese government expects total damage from the earthquake to reach up to $309 billion. that would make it the costliest disaster in japan since the end of world war ii.
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blackish gray smoke came from one of the crippled reactors there. workers said they're not sure what caused the smoke. workers had to evacuate. and they had to tell people to stop giving tap water to infants. the government is urging people not to hoard bottled water. let's get back to that gruesome explosion in jerusalem. let's get the latest from jerusalem bureau, kevin flower. kevin, describe the scene right now. >> reporter: well, isha, police and security officials are certainly still on the scene. immediately after the blast happened, they set up a security cordon around the area. the initial fears, of course, were that there might be secondary devices, so police officials, security officials searching the area for those types of devices. also evacuating the wounded. when i got on-site, i saw at
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least one person being taken from the scene on a stretcher. but as is the case here in israel, the evacuation of wounded happened very quickly, and israel is a society that is somewhat experienced in dealing with these blasts, so lots of wounded. scores of them were brought to hospitals in fairly quick order, which is certainly, probably -- giving us a situation where there are no casualties at this point, no one killed at this point, one critically injured. something police are probably going to be looking at going guard is this explosive device. they say it was on or near a telephone booth and that it exploded as a bus was passing by. there was a similar device, a small explosive device, about three weeks ago in a jerusalem neighborhood called gilo that exploded that injured a municipal worker. no one knew what it was at the time, what it was related to,
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and so police might look at that in relation to what happened today to see if there is any connection. they are not telling us at this point that there is a connection, but that is something that they would certainly be looking at, to see if there is -- if that gives any clues as to who might have placed this bomb there in the first place. what we can underestimate for the people of jerusalem is the impact this attack will have. as we've been saying, it's been since 2004 that there has been an explosion on or near a bus like this. and this is going to bring a lot of jerusalemites, a lot of israelis back to the time of tafadah where explosions were happening once a week, on a weekly basis, almost, throughout the country. that is going to raise a lot of fears for israelis here. we heard the jerusalem mayor before urging people to stay calm and go about their business. jerusalem is a city that has
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undergone a lot of growth. even tomorrow, there is the jerusalem marathon that is scheduled to take place. no word at this point whether that would be canceled or not. i assume it wouldn't be. but certainly a lot of people that will be expressing fears about what this means going forward, reminding them of the past. >> kevin, we were talking to the mayor about security measures around bus stations like this. he says jerusalem has been pretty calm in the last several years, as he has alluded to, but the mayor make it sound like things have been quite relaxed. is that what i'm getting or do you know more? >> reporter: well, by and large, i can speak from my own experience. i've been here for about four and a half years. relative to the period before that, which is the second in tafadah, things in israel have been very quiet, very stable. for the most part. for most israelis. that's not true for those living in southern israel who are
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dealing with rockets and mortars that get fired from gaza on a regular basis. but what the country hasn't seen is the sort of suicide attacks that took place for a number of years and what jerusalem has been known for. the mayor is right, there has been a period of economic growth here in israel, stability has weathered the global economic crisis better than most countries around the world, gdp growth is solid here. so this is a country and a city that has been doing very, very well. not to say that this ex ploes is going to go change that, but it certainly gives people pause. they're going to stop and think about what's going on heerl? those are the sort of questions that will be asked continually through the course of the next
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several days, and will it happen again, and who is responsible? >> kevin flower, thank you very much. there is a bit more information we want to pass along this morning, the passing of elizabeth taylor. she died in morning at cedars sinai hospital in los angeles of congestive heart failure. she was 79d years old. taylor was famous for so many beautiful things. more on this story, too, coming up after the break. what are you gonna misscer] when you have an allergy attack? benadryl® is more effective than claritin® at relieving your worst symptoms and works when you need it most. benadryl®. you can't pause life.
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authorities in jerusalem still on the scene at the central bus station there. an explosive device went off. 20 to 30 people were injured on board a bus. students, all different kinds of people. students, two women who were pregnant went into labor on that bus after the explosion happened. they've been transported to the hospital. but authorities tell us there were no deaths and also no claims of responsibility for whoever planted this bomb. >> yes, indeed. let's get more on what is taking place right now in jerusalem, and, of course, an investigation is no doubt under way. mickey rosenfeld, national spokesman joins us on the phone. thanks for joining us. i know an investigation is under way, but at this stage, what can you tell us about the device that caused this explosion? in fact, we are having trouble establishing contact with mickey rosenfeld. we are working to bring him to you so we can get some more information on the device, its location and many other questions that we have, but now
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we do indeed have him. mr. rosenfeld, thank you so much for joining us. i was just saying that undoubtedly an investigation will be under way or at least start shortly. do we have any information that you can share with us about the device and its exact location, where it was placed? >> all i can confirm is this is the first terrorist attack that took place in jerusalem in the last four years. an explosive device exploded at the bus stop itself. there was a bag that laid at the bus stop and it exploded, causing 24 people to be injured, three seriously, four moderately, all the rest light. amazingly, all the hospitals in jerusalem were open. authorities are investigating the scene and trying to determine who is behind this terrorist attack. >> i wonder if you could tell us a little more about this device. we understand that as the bus passed a phone booth, a device exploded. >> that's right.
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the explosive device was put inside a bag. it went off, and all those standing in the area of the bus were, in fact, injured and have been treated in hospitals. since then we've actually heightened security in jerusalem to prevent any further attacks from taking place. the investigation is continuing and the site is being examined. >> mr. rosenfeld, what can you tell us about the investigation and its immediate focus? have you got any leads? >> we're working on two levels, on a personal level as well as an intelligence level. our units are continuing to work here in jerusalem. we're still looking for the possibility of a suspect who laid down that bag at the site, and later on this evening, once again, we'll assess the security situation. >> are there security cameras? >> in and around jerusalem, there are security cameras. that's part of the ongoing investigation as well. we'll be examining to see if the explosion itself was on security. >> just one other question i had, kevin flower, our cnn
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bureau chief there, reported that a similar device had gone off in another jerusalem neighborhood not so long ago. do you suspect they're connected? >> there was a small explosive device that went off in the south of engineer ujerusalem abh ago. that was a completely separate investigation opened up. since then, there were iranians killed. we had the festivals where we heightened security, but i can confirm that as of this afternoon, things in jerusalem are more quiet, calm, and there was no specific alert of a terrorist attack that was going to take place in jerusalem. >> mickey rosenfeld, israeli police. we thank you for your time on this day. thank you. >> thank you. >> we're going to take a quick break. we'll be back with more. stay with us.
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elizabeth taylor, the legendary actress, famed for her beauty and charities and many marriages, has died. she was 79 years old. her publicists say she died peacefully at cedars sinai hospital in los angeles. her spokesperson joins us now. welcome. >> thanks. >> can you tell us the
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circumstances surrounding elizabeth taylor's death? >> as you know, she was ill for quite a long time. elizabeth taylor had been in the hospital for two months. she was suffering from congestive heart failure, a fairly common, serious condition. while she was in the hospital, she, you know, fared as well as anyone could have expected but she had many setbacks while she was being cared for. she was famously never in the best of health and had, over many years, had several health crises. what we do know is that she was surrounded by people who cared for her and that she did pass away peacefully. it's obviously a sad end to an incredibly colorful and larger than life life. >> j.d., you know, she really is, in the minds of many people and certainly in my mind, part of hollywood's royalty. this really is quite a loss. >> well, it is. i mean, elizabeth taylor may
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have been the greatest movie star that hollywood ever produced. she was famous in a way that most people could only dream of. her life itself was larger than any of the movies that she made. you know, she was famously married, she had incredibly colorful adventures, she had an incredibly cinematic life. so people identified with her. she certainly was one of the great bueauties of the 20th century, and i don't think we'll see another movie star like her. >> through the generations, she was famous for so many different things. i'm sure different generations remembered her for a different reason. >> i think that's true. certainly elizabeth taylor, she was a child star, she was a major movie star well into her midlife, and then, of course, she became an entrepreneur and a very successful one, and perhaps
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most importantly, she was one of the pivotal activists in making people aware of the aids crisis and addressing the health crisis that spawned and actually raising incredible amounts of money in medical research. she was a real pioneer in speaking out about that disease and really impacted the way the united states, in fact, all western countries and countries around the world, deal with aids. so her legacy is a huge one and one that i think we'll feel for many, many, many more generations. >> j.d. hayman, executive director of people magazine. it is, indeed, a sad day and felt around the world. those involved in her charity work are feeling her loss. thank you for joining us. >> thank you. we're going to come back with much more on the explosion in jerusalem at a bus stop. we'll be back. [ female announcer ] sometimes you need tomorrow
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welcome back, everyone. we continue to follow the breaking news out of jerusalem where a short time ago a bomb exploded in the vicinity of the central bus station, injuring nearly 30 people. that's what emergency officials
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are telling us, some of them seriously injured, but now have all been transported to local hospitals. there have been no deaths confirmed at this time. >> apparently this bomb was planted at a bus stop and it went off as a bus passed by a phone booth and stopped to pick up people at the bus stop. we believe that most of the injured were standing at that bus stop waiting for that public bus to come by. >> yes. this is the first explosion, first attack of this nature in jerusalem since 2004, and as we speak to israeli officials, they say this had been a time when israelis had been feeling relatively safe, so a number of questions surely to be asked about security measures and whether indeed those will be altered in any way following these events. we spoke to the jerusalem policeman and this is what he told us. take a listen. >> israel and jerusalem have been relatively safe lately and hopefully we will find the
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rootroots of this cowardly person who performed this attack and we'll be back to normal soon. >> due to the fact he said jerusalem and israel had been relatively safe in recent times, had there been more security measures? >> no, security had always been pretty high. israel and jerusalem know how to deal with such situations, and the fact that this is a bomb placed and the terrorist escaped is proof that there is high security. i'm sure it will take a few weeks until we find the person responsible and bring him to trial as fast as we can. >> and mayor, the type of bomb, the type of explosive that was used in this blast, does it tell you anything? >> well, it's currently under investigation. police and security forces are checking everything, and it's
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under investigation. >> you say officials and authorities in israel are used to dealing with this kind of thing. if you would, for our viewers, describe the kind of security measures that would be in place at a central bus station like that in central jerusalem. >> there is lots of intelligence, lots of security around the city and around the borders. this is much more important. we need to make sure people open up their eyes and look for sufficient people or objects. this is the best way to deal with it. and second, it doesn't happen every day. this is something that happens rarely, and hopefully we'll keep it this way. >> that was the mayor of jerusalem speaking. much more on the breaking news coming out of jerusalem. we'll take a break and "newsroom" will continue right after. [ woman announcing ] every subaru is responsibly built in a zero landfill plant.
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